The Broadway Collection Announces the Legendary Musical Motown
The Broadway Collection would like to announce that Motown the Musical will open this spring on Broadway. Produced by Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, the show is based on the life of legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy. Motown will open at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 14, 2013. Preview performances will begin March 11, 2013.
Motown is a gripping story about the protégés and stars of a uniquely talented musical family who, under Berry Gordy’s guidance, became “the Sound of Young America” and went on to become some of the greatest superstars of all time.
Berry Gordy’s legendary Motown Records made its mark not just on the music industry, but society at large, with a sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments of all time. Motown communicated and brought together a racially divided country and segregated society, touching people of all ages and races around the world. No other music company in history has exerted such an enormous influence on both the style and substance of popular music and culture. With more than 180 number one hit songs worldwide, Motown’s impact is still being felt today.
Motown founder Berry Gordy said “Broadway is the pinnacle of live theater and provides a challenging and exciting opportunity to tell my story and share the magic of Motown. I’ve discovered that Motown and Broadway have a lot in common—a family of wonderfully talented, passionate, hard-working young people, fiercely competitive but also full of love and appreciation for the work, for each other and for the people in the audience. I can’t wait to feel that same Motown spirit come alive on stage every night.”
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown will feature a book by Berry Gordy and music and lyrics by Motown’s legendary catalogue, with dozens of hit songs made famous by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five and many more. Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia LeKae have been cast in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross.
Motown is part of The Broadway Collection, a group of New York City’s most highly regarded musicals and shows, selected for their unparalleled popularity with international audiences. Tickets are available through the international Broadway Collection partners.